Google Cracks Down On Extremist YouTube Videos

Bloomberg reports:

Starting on Thursday, Google will police YouTube like it never has before, adding warnings and disabling advertising on videos that the company determines crosses its new threshold for offensive content. YouTube isn’t removing the selected videos, but is instead setting new restrictions on viewing, sharing and making money on them. A note detailing the changes will go to producers of the affected videos on Thursday, according to a spokeswoman for the Alphabet Inc. company.

Videos tagged by its new policy won’t be able to run ads or have comments posted, and won’t appear in any recommended lists on the video site. A warning screen will also appear before the videos, which will not be able to play when embedded on external websites. YouTube will let video creators contest the restrictions through an appeals process, a spokeswoman said.

“YouTube doesn’t allow hate speech or content that promotes or incites violence,” the Thursday letter to YouTube creators reads, according to a copy viewed by Bloomberg News. “In some cases, flagged videos that do not clearly breach the Community Guidelines but whose content is potentially controversial or offensive may remain up, but with some features disabled.”

With the ability to comment, share, or even upvote a video, the audience for the remaining clips should plummet.

  • Ninja0980

    Took them long enough.

  • DevineBovine

    This is not good. The solution to extremism is education, not censorship.

    • Adam King

      Depends entirely on how it’s implemented.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      There are restrictions on booze and tobacco advertising , products that kill people. Why not hate?

      • MusicBear88

        This isn’t censoring the videos, it’s making them harder to find. Somebody who’s already a dedicated white supremacist will not be deterred, but maybe some impressionable high school student will.

    • canoebum

      Go right ahead and open your own multi-billion dollar enterprise seen all across the world, then you can allow anyone to any hateful crap they like. Nothing’s stopping you. The owners of You Tube have every right to decide what appears on their site and what doesn’t. they are perfectly free to set their own standards. It’s not censorship. You Tube is not the government.

      • DevineBovine

        The concept of censorship has nothing to do with public or private ownership, nor did I suggest it. I think my point is clear. Besides, the more people that see this garbage, the better. It’s called exposing.

        • canoebum

          I’m going to have to disagree with you on that point. No, the fewer people who see such garbage the better we all are as a society. One Nazi era was quite enough, thank you.

          • DevineBovine

            So you’re suggesting we just hide it away and let it fester. The outpouring of public opposition is due, in large part, to people witnessing this filth via YouTube and other media outlets.

            “Sunlight is the best disinfectant”

            — SWIM

          • canoebum

            No. I am not suggesting that. I am suggesting that we make it subject to widespread disapproval and renunciation. I am suggesting that we put on the same level as child porn, something so shameful that decent people act to stamp it out at every appearance. I am suggesting that all organizations and the general public make it common knowledge that such expressions will not be tolerated on any forum. You are suggesting the opposite, that it be allowed to be cultivated on social media. I think that is a bad idea, dangerous to the individuals who can be unduly influenced by such filth and dangerous to our society.

          • DevineBovine

            Thanks for sharing your views, but I respectfully disagree. I don’t believe it will achieve the desired result, while at the same time setting a precedent for further subjective control of the internet. However, most of what you suggest can (and is) being done without the need to stifle information sharing.

          • canoebum

            Society and governments have no reluctance, with the ascent of the public, in stifling child porn. The same could apply to Neo-nazis, the KKK and white supremacists and no one’s freedom of speech would unduly suffer. We talk all kinds of shit here on this forum everyday, nobody objects. We could live without Nazi videos on You Tube. Anyway, I understand where you’re coming from, but we’re going to disagree on this. I have no fear of a “slippery slope” from banning Nazis from the internet entirely.

  • Jonathan Smith

    that’s fine for Natzi’s, i guess, but what if you post a pro-gay vid, will THAT violate the “terms of service”?

    • John Ruff

      At this time, defeating Nazism is priority one

      • Jonathan Smith

        “First they came for the natzi’s”?
        it just seems a slippery slope

  • Sam_Handwich

    looks like the clorox treatments are really eating away at Duke’s face

    • Todd Allis

      Keep at it, for that whiter-than-white power look.

      • MusicBear88

        Mama keeps whites white with the magic,
        Mama’s got the magic of white privilege!

    • Joe in PA

      Why do you think they call it anal bleaching?

    • Paula

      That’s the shallow end of the gene pool.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Maybe he is lazy about changing his human suit.

    • johncAtl

      If he’s doing the Michael Jackson treatment his nose wil fall off soon.

    • Cuberly


      “Ugly Inside: The Complete Guide to David Duke’s Plastic Surgery”

    • TheManicMechanic

      Sickliness brought about by genetic inferiority. That face would shatter with a good punch, and I’d be willing to be the one to punch it. Punching Nazis can be the next national pastime. Again.

    • Canadian Observer

      I was working under the assumption that he was actually a Morlock.

  • edrex

    wow. david duke REALLY wants to be white.

  • John Ruff


  • That_Looks_Delicious

    His face is creeping me out.

    Not that he was ever attractive, but lately he looks like a bizarre reanimated corpse.

  • Tawreos

    I have a feeling this is going to get abused a lot.

  • bkmn

    Long past due Google. How about your billionaires talk to Amazon’s billionaires and tell them to stop advertising on Whitefart.

  • Tomcat

    Finally the internet is getting responsible for it’s content.
    Starting to think ANYTHING goes on internet.

  • Richard B

    YIKES – David Duke contact lenses removes all doubt that he slithers on his belly and is the unholy spawn of a serpent.

    • northern_neighbour

      Freakishly like Voldemort except more dangerous since he is a REAL serpentine monster.

  • margaretpoa

    So wait… haters like David Duke and Alex Jones can post YouTube videos free of those annoying, invasive ads?
    That’ll show them……

    • Carl

      It is a weird set up. They’re going out of the way to say the videos don’t meet their community standards, but they’re keeping them up anyway.

      Just trash them and be done with it. I assume anybody who signs up to youtube has to check the user agreement box like everything else in life.

    • Lizard

      They won’t make money, though. That’s what’ll show ’em.

  • Treant

    “NOW a warning?”

    Well, better late than never, I suppose, but still.

  • William

    Usually the mortician waits to do the embalming until after the customer is deceased.

    • Tomcat

      I do my own embalming.

      • Silver Badger

        If you want something done right!

  • Gigi

    Why are all white supremacists so damn ugly?
    The superior race? Hardly!

    • bambinoitaliano

      Inbreeding is never good.

    • Cuberly

      Whenever I see his face I laugh. Not sure you know but he was nabbed on fraud charges.

      “In 2002, Duke pleaded guilty to defrauding supporters by claiming to be in dire financial straits, and asking them for money to help him pay for basic necessities. At the time, Duke was financially secure, and used his supporters’ money for recreational gambling.[6]”

      They don’t mention it in the wikipedia post but apparently part of what he spent his ill gotten $$ on was various cosmetic surgery procedures, which some articles you can find online, talk about the fact that the procedures appear to be ongoing. His appearance changes regularly.

      One of his opponents anti-duke campaign signs referred to him as, “The nose-job Nazi.”

      • ZhyKitty


        • Lars Littlefield

          Oh nose!!!!!

      • Gigi

        Thanks for sharing!

        • Cuberly

          lol…sorry for the long post, Duke pisses me off he’s such a filth monger trashy waste.

      • Karl Dubhe

        Ya know, his nose does look Jewish.

        (I honestly have no idea. Don’t care. The French have bigger noses anyway. Humans are fucking humans.)

    • ZhyKitty

      Why are so many of them morbidly obese, and/or toothless?
      Inquiring minds want to know!

  • Michael R
  • bambinoitaliano
  • Nowhereman

    It’s a start. And nice that people won’t be able to pass them on.

  • AJD

    Is Duke a white nationalist or a White Walker? His photo makes it unclear.

    • Tomcat

      Reprobate for sure.!

    • ZhyKitty

      White Walkers wear lace-fronts, honey.
      You’d never see one with a wig as bad as Duke’s!

  • JWC

    little eyes small perly teesth hasn’ tseen the sun must live under a rock

  • SDG

    It’s about fucking time. There is so much nasty, evil shit on Youtube, not to be believed!

    • Dramphooey

      It seemed like a nice community about nine or so years ago. I remember a lot of great channels run by intelligent, witty people. I liked several of the pro-science anti-religion channels and boy, did they mock the witless wonders that made up the creationist community on YouTube. Seeing that place overrun with Nazis is just sad.

      • Octoberfurst

        The problem is that there are many atheists on Youtube who are complaining that the higher-ups are refusing to let ads go on atheist channels because some people consider it “hate speech”. I find that troubling.

        • B Snow

          That will be the result of this new policy — right wingers reporting every left-leaning channel as hate speech. Then YouTube will have to hire people to wade through all the reports.

    • ZhyKitty

      Hear, hear!!!!

  • vorpal 😼

    “Liberal facism! Our Freedom of Spee-”
    Learn what that actually means, you white supremacist trash scum.

    • JWC

      ya wonder where this prick learned all his hate Mommy musta really hated him

    • kareemachan

      Just what I said to the Philliam. We’d hear screeches about the First in 3… 2… 1…

  • SoCalGal20

    MTV has invited trans soldiers to the MTV VMAs.

  • Dagoril

    Oh the Brians are going to scream bloody murder.


  • johncAtl

    There is nothing that bigots hate worse than not being able to comment.

    • ZhyKitty

      Truth! My local news website had to eventually do away with all commenting because of the vile rightwingers’ racist and classist comments in the comment section.
      When I say it was bad, I mean that even someone as rancid as David Duke would likely blush if caught making some of those statements in public.
      They really really hated people of color, and for some inexplicable reason, the poor, even though most of them probably were poor themselves.
      I’ll never understand that.

      • johncAtl

        Same in Atlanta on the AJC website.

      • Carl

        Most comment sections are unmoderated sewers. People casually say things that would get you fired from a Wendy’s.

      • safari

        Even large news sites are doing away with commenting. I find it better to comment on aggregation sites like JMG anyway. The people on it tend to enforce site norms, troll outliers tend to be recognized and pointed out, and we can still have civil conversation.

    • djcoastermark

      Or getting called out on their hate speech. Man does that set off their rage meter.

  • Cuberly

    At least once or twice a week I watch a few hours of youtube vids on a plethora of subjects. You’d be shocked at what you can learn or be entertained by. Heck when I was looking for watercolor techniques sure enough I found a whole bunch of vids that were quite informative. The sky’s the limit.

    But yeah, as almost everyone here has noted, there’s a dark side to youtube that is truly horrifying. Their commenting system alone is basically a massive trolling incubator, it exponentially breeds some vile nasty shit.

    It’s great google is doing this, but wow, did they wait long enough?

    • Karl Dubhe

      There’s not a dark side to quantum physics.

      Oh, wait.

      • Cuberly


    • prixator

      I got hooked on YouTube when it first came online in 2005. I primarily used it to find videos for songs that I loved in the past.

      But, a few years ago, I suffered some hearing loss which makes it difficult for me to discern speech very clearly. I was thankful when captioning was introduced but, initially, it was often hilariously useless (the one mistranslation I still remember was “Matt Bomer” rendered as “mad bomber”).

      I can tell that they have put a lot of work in to improve it. However, very few music videos are captioned but I can still enjoy the melody.

  • Carl

    About freaking time. Tired of being told I’m expected to have civil discussions with nut jobs about why some people don’t deserve life.

  • SoCalGal20

    ACA repeal attempt hasn’t gone away. Heller is involved in this attempt. Btw this amendment offers money and incentives to red states with no MCD expansion while fucking over blue states and others with MCD expansion. Important to keep an eye on this.

    • Carl

      It’s back. Like Herpes.

      • SoCalGal20

        Or cancer

    • johncAtl

      They need to do it and be quick about it. Insurance companies will be raising rates and dropping people as soon as it happens, and the GOP will own this.

    • billbear1961

      Jesus, these goddamned murderous bastards should be stripped of THEIR healthcare!

    • safari

      I thought their next priority was to steal from the poor and give to the rich?

      • Blake J Butler

        I’m going to quote family guy from when chris meets a girl who is a young republican and joins their cult.

        Chris: What do you do at a Young Republicans meeting?
        Alyssa: We help those who already have the means to help themselves. Also, we perpetuate the idea that Jesus chose America to destroy non-believers and brown people.

        • Carl

          College Republicans are frightening. They’re like 80 year old racist men in early twenty year old bodies.

          • jmax

            Not just men. I work at a university and was amazed at the number of women I saw with Trump bumper stickers and signs on their dorm room doors last fall.

    • kareemachan

      You know, only the non compos mentis try over 50 times with the same result….

  • ultragreen

    Sooner or later, the issue of censorship on the internet is going to appear before the US Supreme Court. An argument could be made that some very popular websites, like YouTube and Twitter, have become public commons, even though they are owned by private companies. If this argument is accepted, then censorship of unpopular political speech on such websites would violate the 1st Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

    • -M-

      There needs to be a distinction between unpopular people or opinions and hate speech. Granted there’s not a precise easy to pin down boundary.

      • Karl Dubhe

        ‘S’like porn, innit?

        I don’t know how to define it specifically, but I knows it whens I sees it.

  • safari
    • kareemachan

      To me he looks like had really shitty plastic surgery after having acid thrown at his face.

  • NZArtist

    I’m conflicted about this. A few large companies have become the gatekeepers of information and social interaction. Google is the keeper of knowledge, Facebook is the keeper of social life, YouTube is the keeper of home-movies and snippets of life.
    These companies now get to say whose speech is worthy, or not worthy. Today the bad flavour is Nazis. Okay we can all agree to hate them. And next week who should we all agree to hate? Transgendered people?
    Yes, I *know* they’re a private company and can set their own rules of conduct. And if there was the option to go to another provider that would be fine. But they are monopoly holders. There is no other option.
    What happens when christianists take over managerial control of google? Dont say it cant happen – I’m certain they’re working on it right now.

    • safari

      It’s why net neutrality is a good thing: the pipes are made for everyone. Competitors can appear, though they will have a hard time fighting their way into the market place.

    • zhera

      Thing is, the bigots can go make their own platforms for information, social life, etc. They already have tried this with ReaganBook and Hatereon.

      They won’t ever get as big as Google and Facebook because there’s not enough market for them. And there never will be as long as the internet is free and neutral.

      The day net neutrality dies, well…

      • NZArtist

        That’s my point… when it happens to our particular minority, where do we go?
        Just because we’re *currently* acceptable to the overlords of information doesn’t mean we will *always* be acceptable.
        I dont have a solution, I was just expressing my unease at any giant monopoly being the gatekeepers of the morality of the day.

        • safari

          It’s a good thing to bring up.

        • zhera

          I can agree with the unease. I just think that as long as there’s net neutrality there will always be more sane people than bigots and nazis. So a huge change will have to happen for things to turn in their favor.

          Of course, huge changes can happen any time. 🙁

    • Dramphooey

      I don’t think reactionaries have the ability to run something like Google. If they took it over they’d wreck it and something would appear to replace it. Narrow minds aren’t creative. Where do reactionaries thrive? Selling fried chicken and paste!

      • NZArtist

        … or run the government, or a major political party, or major corporations (Hobby Lobby, Exxon…)
        They do. And as a minority (which the owners of the social dialog have made into an unpopular minority) simply cant go and create a competitor. It just doesn’t work against a monopoly. People will use google becuase google is used by more people. Facebook is crap, but people use it because other people are using it.
        Oh, sure, it might happen over a few decades that another service can be built up. Odds are against it. Monopolies win because they’re monopolies. They get to set the rules of the playing field. If someone starts gaining on them they get government to change the rules, or they buy out and close out the smaller players.
        So… you know… uneasy.

  • Blake J Butler

    I survived a full week of internship. (two days, but two days in a treatment center for chronically mentally ill clients).

    I am going through the motions because i have heard hilarious stories, sad, and cruel stories from clients. It is exhausting and after a week of this and school i deserve a drink.

    It’s one of the moments that you’re thankful for being raised in a dysfunctional family, has no idea of what the word normal means, and watching extensively the therapy sessions with Dr. Melfi from the Sopranos.

    Oh and i had a college outreach booth set up in 100 degree heat and extreme humidity on Monday afternoon from 9 to 1.

    I’ve been busy.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Well, I don’t allow ads to run on any YouTube videos anyway. 😉

    This should have been in place soon after the service began. They don’t have to censor the videos, but they should not be easily shared, linked, or especially allow for ads. I’ve been flagging as many videos I can find that show hate speech, violence and the potential for. Use the momentum we have now to get these people shut down. Take the fight to Facebook, Vimeo and all the other sites showing these videos. Companies are more on the lookout for their own asses at this point and will be more willing to remove this shit now than ever before. Momentum!

  • Talisman

    Cue the free speech misunderstandings.

    • Ken M

      And the comparisons.

  • geoffalnutt

    Please. That’s not human. You cannot tell me (with a straight face) that decomposing creature is human. Nice try, but really…ha…ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!!!!!

    • Ken M

      Without question, the eyes of Satan.

      • Tor

        He has his father’s eyes.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Very good news and proactive changes on the part of Google.

    Also, I always have liked the particular photo that Joe uses for David Duke. It looks exactly as though Duke has had his skin whitened with anal bleach. So Nosferatu-ish.

  • Jerry Kott

    All Hail Ishtar! The master of the Mole People!

    • jmax
      • Jerry Kott

        Thanks ,So you also remember that line. Those were the days

        • jmax

          Have you seen any of the new season 11 shows? I don’t have Netflix but was considering getting a smart tv and subscribing just for the show.

          • Jerry Kott

            No we don’t have netflix and don’t watch much TV. will look into it . We do have a smart tv and watch a lot of films on amazon-we recommend it

          • jmax

            Thanks. Oddly enough, I’m watching The Dead Talk Back right now 🙂

  • Pip

    About fucking time.

  • rednekokie

    That’s okay, just as long as they don’t monkey with my porn.

    • Thornton


      • rednekokie

        Hmmmm — for some reason, I sort of expected that comment from you. Hee Hee — – keep it up, Tiger.

  • Karl Dubhe

    Well, that’s going to cause upset. 🙂

  • Bob Conti

    I keep trying to remember who this washed-out washed-up git reminds me of, then the light bulb clicked on.

  • leastyebejudged

    Youtube/Google are still profiteering off the hate, that’s why they won’t take any of them down.


  • Grumpy Old Man

    That white fuzz on his face reminds me of what grows on that shit in the back of the fridge –

    • Tor

      Counter-depth refrigerators! I know they are more expensive, but you don’t lose forgotten shit in the back so much. I do admit to still having some 6-year-old miso paste. Should be good and ripe by now.

      • Grumpy Old Man

        I would really like a fridge that is wide not deep – so much gets lost in the back, sigh!

        • Girlgoon

          Thats pretty much how trumps attention span works, if its in front its there for the moment.

  • wds

    Is David Duke so worried about his ethnicity that he’s seeing Michael Jackson’s doctor for whitening treatments? He looks sicker every time I seen a picture … SMH

  • Girlgoon

    He should find a nice home on the dark net with others like him.

  • Ellenwgracia

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  • M Jackson

    He looks like a space lizard from “V”.

  • James

    Why host them at all?

  • wmforr

    I know the Right will never understand this, even in all caps, but:
    I mean, NBC still refuses to give me a prime-time show of my own, but I don’t see myself as a victim.